Discipleship 301

Growing More in your Journey of Spiritual Growth

 
This section covers more of the Basics, Growing in the Faith, Obedience, Attitude, Spiritual Gifts, Prayer, Bible Reading.
 
 
 
What is Christianity all about?

Confession Part 1

What is Confession? It is the event of responding to the Gospel's message, then acknowledging our faith publicly. In so doing we are conforming our lives to His Way so our faith applies to our lives.

Confession Part 2

Is Christ Working in You? Confession is the obedience to commit ourselves to leading a life that is worthy to be called Christian, as our new life is in Christ.

Justification by Faith Alone

This was the rallying cry of the Reformation. The main point that caused Luther and Calvin to challenge the Catholic Church and it's teachings.

How to Grow in the Faith

How Great is Gratitude

Gratitude is an attitude of being thankful for what He has done for me! When we fully recognize that our greatest problem has been solved, our indebtedness of sin, we can feel and know... This is the essential attitude that helps us not be depressed, self debasing, feelings of pride or self destruction; this is the key to a joyful purposeful life.

The ACTS of Prayer

How to Pray! PVI, A.C.T.S is an acronym or axiom that points us to the Lord's Prayer and other Scripture, and gives us precepts so we can divide up our time and purpose to engage in prayer with a correct devotion and attitude. "ACTS" refers to the percepts of prayer-the categories of Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication.

The Pursuit of Prayer

Do you feel connected to God when you pray? If not, have you considered your outlook on prayer? It seems that most Christians view prayer as a happening but not a habit, an occurrence but not an occupation, and rarely with fervency. And, if it is a habit, is it also a relationship? Prayer must be more because...

Growing with Discipleship

Obedience is Commitment

Obedience is also the willingness to cooperate with God and with others in their godly directions and plans.

Obedience Must Permeate

Obedience must infuse everything; it is the capstone to our stones of faith and life in Christ.

The Cost of Discipleship Part 1

It costs everything! However, the rewards are limitless as we are entrusted to a Savior who loves us more deeply and rewards us more completely than we could ever comprehend. He desires the best for us, He has a plan and purpose for us in the kingdom of God, and He wants us to spend eternity with Him.

The Cost of Discipleship Part 2

His call, above all else for us as Christians, of what God's will is all about, and of what we are to be doing in our personal lives and in our churches is. Discipleship! Nothing else is more important, period.

Discovering Spiritual Gifts

Introduction: A Biblical Approach to Understanding and Applying that with which God has Called and Gifted You! This workshop can be used as small group lessons or a church wide training event.

Spiritual Gifts Session One

Understanding God's call to us with Spiritual Gifts Now that I am a Christian, I get presents?

Spiritual Gifts Session Two

Understanding the Importance of Spiritual Gifts! Spiritual Gifts are alive and well both in the Church and in the world. They are not from a bygone era or only for certain Denominations or individuals; they are for you and your church!

Spiritual Gifts Session Three

How to Determine your Spiritual Gift(s! This procedure is much more accurate and honest than just using an "inventory." We have a tendency to read into these "tests" our desires, not those of the Lord's leading.

Spiritual Gift Definitions

Biblical definitions of Spiritual Gifts, as defined by the Bible, presented in no particular order. The definitions and supporting Scriptures do correspond to the characteristics of the Gifts as also expressed in most Evangelical and Reformed thinking.

Spiritual Gifts Session Four

Remember this important fact; the Prime Directive for Spiritual Gifts is for service to God's family! As you grow in the understanding and use of your Spiritual Gifts, you will realize that you are in a relationship of dependence upon Christ.

Spiritual Gifts Session Five

How to Mobilize the People in your church according to their Spiritual Gifts. This section is primarily for the Church leadership and the Mentor Groups.

Spiritual Gifts Inventory

Here is a tool to help the People in your church find out what there Spiritual Gifts are. This is an "inventory" format; it is not as accurate as our other assessment, but this makes a good tool to start out with.

Learning to Study the Word of God

Inductive Bible Study Basics

Inductive Bible Study is a method for learning how to exegete the Bible for all its worth by our best efforts. We do this through learning the tools and skills to help us observe the text, dig out the meaning, and then apply it to our lives.

The Cheat Sheet

The Essentials of Inductive Bible Study. You can keep this guide "tucked" in your Bible for reference and guidance.

THE CHART

Here is the Bible Reading Chart for using the Inductive Bible Study method. Here you can write down and record all of your observations, what your have learned, your questions, and even make a commitment on what you will do with the information from God's most precious Word!

Knowing More about God

Why are there so many disagreements in the Christian faith?

Is not the Holy Spirit giving all Christians the same truth? The Holy Spirit is giving the same truth; the problem is not Him; but us! I once believed that the many different beliefs in the Christian faith demonstrated that it was not true. After all, how could there be so many disagreements about something that was supposed to be true? I found over the years this is easily answered; the case is that we have more in common than not, but we tend to focus on the negative distinctions and not our unity. We are including some interesting quotes from some of history's most famous people who had no axe to grind to prove the Bible!

Ultimate LOVE!

Ultimate assurance! We have incredible assurance that nothing can separate us from God's love.

The Crescendo of Assurance!

This passage tells us with confidence, encouragement and assurance from a the human perspective of Paul who knows the magnitude from a God who loves and cares.

Is God Unfair?

Is there Unrighteousness with God? Have you got mad when things have not gone your way, or perhaps blamed God for your mistakes saying, well you made me?

Growing in Maturity

Becoming Accountable

Accountability is often associated with a place to be helped with some kind of problem or addiction such as drinking, drugs, smoking, pornography, or some other recovery issue. Yes, this is can be a principle venue; however, the emphasis should be our spiritual growth which infuses our thinking and behaviors and helps in overcoming addictions. It is not about just overcoming addictions; it is being overcome with Christ as Lord of our lives.

Developing a Good Attitude, Part I

Lesson 1: Attitude is the Prelude to Effective Relationships!

Developing a Good Attitude PII

Lesson II: The "Put Ons" and "Put Offs" of a Good Attitude

Developing a Good Attitude, Part III

Lesson III: Your attitude should be the same as Christ!

Developing a Good Attitude, Part IV

Lesson IV: The Most Important and Essential Attitude: Humility

Christ our Comfort!

This passage gives us comfort in suffering because Christ Himself suffered.

His Divine Power is Given!

Peter sends his greetings and blessings with solemn humbleness and intimacy to the people in the faith.

Conforming to the Likeness of Christ

Christ has given to us all we need in order to grow. We have His Spirit, His Word, His Fruit, and our faith community.

Our Faithful Growth in Christ!

The authentic knowledge of Christ that is revealed to us is the foundation of our faith.

Know Christ Better!

We are called to know Christ better and to practice moral excellence.

Paying Attention to Christ!

The main theme of Peter's message is stated here, to pay attention to Christ, not to falsehoods.

Jesus is Real and is Power!

Peter then shifts his focus to his coming departure from this life. He conveys to us that life is short and we must take the initiative to do what we can here and now with what Christ has given to us.

What God desires us to be and to do:

Building your Life on the Rock of the Word!

It is useless to call ourselves Christians unless we practice what He has taught us, which we are to believe and also teach.

Forgiveness Part I

The Call of Forgiveness

Forgiveness Part II

God desires that we seek forgiveness?

Forgiveness Part III

What Forgiveness Looks Like

Seeking the Proper Perspective on Life! Part I

God asks us to have an "eternal" perspective! The premise is to move us to more maturity by moving our mindset away from the false beliefs and ideas we have built up. What we tend to pursue, in our desires in life, is meaningless against the backdrop of seeking faith and the call that Christ gives us.

Seeking the Proper Perspective on Life! Part II

Our perspective is eternity. It is not to be just on money, wealth or power. When we see our life here on earth as a mere rehearsal, and how to learn and build to what is to come in eternity, we can be better prepared to face anything-even dire situations and death, because our eyes and attitude are in Him and not our circumstances!

Into Thy Word 2007
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